« on: October 04, 2005, 12:07:23 am »
I ride a Burley Canto in the long wheel base configuration for touring and a Rans Rocket in town. The Rans was my first recumbent. I like it for riding around town but it's a bumpy ride and the short wheel base makes for very quick steering response. I like the Burley for touring. It smooths out the bumps. I also like the disc brakes and that's one reason I chose the Canto. I pull a Nomad trailer and it works for me. If I'm doing an overnighter I just use panniers with a luggage rack. I think the long wheel base is the best option for touring.
I would like to have tried out more recumbents myself but there were not a lot to try in my area either. If I had more patience I would like to have tried out the EZ racer. I sat on one in the shop in Portland but didn't get to ride. The price was also a limiting factor for me. If money were no object for me I would like a Greenspeed trike for stability. One thing I have noticed on recumbents is that when you really get going down a hill they feel unstable. They respond to every little motion of your body. As a result I take downhills slower than I do on a regular bike. I have wiped out on both of my recumbents. Once it was night and I thought I saw pavement but it was mud and the bike slid out from under me. It was kind of funny and I didn't get hurt. The other time I was going pretty slow, or so I thought, and it was on a wet concrete surface with leaves and other such material on the surface. I was going around a loop to go over the bike bridge when suddenly I was on the ground. The wheels slid out from under me again. This time I got some road rash and a minor shoulder injury. As a result I'm much more aware of traction and stability on my recumbents. Overall though, I like recumbents a lot and they are comfortable. Your butt will rejoice.